VR experiment by Human Movement Sciences (VU) & Pedagogical Sciences (UvA) in NEMO Science Museum

VR experiment by Human Movement Sciences (VU) & Pedagogical Sciences (UvA) in NEMO Science Museum


I have another question..
We did an experiment on how the drawing went. Did you have the impression that we were doing another
experiment at the same time? No.
- No? Hmm no My name is Katinka. I am a researcher at the VU University,
at the department of Human Movement Sciences where I investigate motor learning. I am also a member of the
Amsterdam Young Academy, where I met Eddie with whom I run this experiment. My name is Eddie Brummelman. I am a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam and I study the development of children’s self-views. Our society is deeply convinced that praise is an important ingredient
for the development of self-confidence in children. But we take very little time to think about
how we actually phrase our praise. When my son was born, the Child Health Care Center gave me a
booklet which said:
praise your child frequently,for all his motor milestones.We would like to find out.. is praise only positive, or should we reflect more on how we phrase it. And should we perhaps just let children be. There was a button
that you had to press with your pen After a while your pen became invisible while you still had to draw the lines. So you had to look very carefully
where your pen was and where the line was. You couldn’t see what you were doing and that was fun but also difficult. First I drew thirty lines,
and after that my father said something to me and after that I again drew thirty lines. I had them draw lines because by letting them do something
that they are already pretty good at, I can measure in a very precise way. There will be few differences
between the children in how skilled they are at drawing lines. The only difference between children
is the praise that the parents provided. One of the things we look at in this experiment is what happens when you phrase your praise
in an extremely positive way. – Hi Nathan I watched along with the researcher
and you’re halfway. You did incredibly well! See you in a bit. – I liked it because it helped me keep going and I got more self-confidence
in what I was doing. On the other hand, I was worried
about whether I would continue to do well. What we expect is that depending on how the praise is phrased and dependent on the children’s personality some types of praise induce self-confidence
and lead children to explore more whereas other types of praise cause anxiety
and lead children to explore less. What we hope to find out today is
how you can best formulate your praise. And by investigating that we can provide very concrete advice
to schools, to educational organizations and also for the development of games
in which feedback, such as praise is used to encourage children to explore
and to learn new things. I enjoyed it. I also found it surprising that you think they are
investigating one thing and then it turns out that you’re doing something else. I think that is the beauty
of objective science. Let’s visit NEMO again next year! Next year, new experiment!